altruism /ˈaltruɪz(ə)m/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.

some may choose to work with vulnerable elderly people out of altruism.
[Zoology] behaviour of an animal that benefits another at its own expense.

reciprocal altruism.
II. derivatives

altruist /ˈaltruːɪst /

– origin mid 19th cent.: from French altruisme, from Italian altrui ‘somebody else’, from Latin alteri huic ‘to this other’.

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